Asian Women's Resource Centre

Programs & Events

Feminist Leadership for the Youth

Feminist leadership for youth
27 September 2013 - 4 October 2013, Jogjakarta, Indonesia

Youth Camp on Faith & Sexuality for LGBTQ Group was conducted in Jogjakarta from 27 Sep to 4 October 2013 for a total of 61 young people. This was a joint program with YIFoS.

The 8 day Camp was divided into:

The first two days were to deal with the issue of body & power relations, i.e., analyzing the many power relations surrounding us using our experience with our body. The purpose of the sessions are to be able to, first, relate ourselves with our body and claim our bodily experience, second, be able to see how our body as become the battle field of power relations, and third claim our authority over our body and our Self. The OC facilitated the sessions in the form of presentations and group discussions and plenary discussions.

The second 2 days were to deal with the issue of gender, sex, and sexuality under the topic SOGIEB (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Expression, and Bodies). The sessions were given by the Director of Ardhanary Institute, an institute concerns with the issues of lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LBT).

One day was dedicated to the issue of religious diversity in Indonesia, but still relating with the issue of gender and sexual diversity. 3 resource persons, representing 3 different perspectives; Islam, Christianity, and Buddhism facilitated the discussions.

One day was dedicated to a field visits. The participants were given the opportunity to choose to stay one night with one of the two minority communities in Jogjakarta: the transgender islamic boarding house (Pesantren Waria), and the Ahmadiah community. Ahmadiah community is a community who has been experiencing many different forms of exclusions and violence and has been discriminated against in many different ways, simply because of their different teachings of Islam. After the one day & over night experience of staying with them, the participants were given time to make reflections and relate it with their own issues of exclusions and discriminations.

The last one and half days were dedicated to the developing organizational & leadership skills and other skills needed for the follow up actions, and making follow up action plans. The area of topics, namely, organization & leadership, media & writing, pastoral counseling, and advocacy were decided upon long & intensive discussions with participants, 2 months prior to the dates of the camp.

The camp has once again become a means not only for the participants but also the volunteers, the organizers, and the facilitators as well. The strangers expression given by the participants during the reflection-evaluation session was that the camp has become a home for them, a home where they found a real family, where they felt free to become who they are and encouraged to continue to take the risk to be able to always be themselves.